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Dictionary of Netwar (Lenakel language)

This is the first ever extensive dictionary of Netwar language (western Tanna, Republic of Vanuatu) published online. It is the fruit of several years of my work among the inhabitants of the island of Tanna. It contains translations of local expressions, pronunciation recordings and photographic documentation. Its purpose is to help in the preservation of the language and in passing it to the young generation.

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  •  n iamnum nekava (Emoia cyanura, Emoia impar), ground-dwelling species. Part of family 'meliak'.
  •  n kapiarus (Caledoniscincus atropunctatus), ground-dwelling species. Part of family 'meliak'.
  •  n tuga (Emoia ceauruleocauda), ground-dwelling species. Part of family 'meliak'. Adult. Juveniles of this species are called 'pelpel'.
  •  n pelpel (Emoia ceauruleocauda), ground-dwelling species. Part of family 'meliak'. Juvenile. The adults of this species are called 'tuga'.
  •  n ryry (Emoia sp.), species from family 'iuwau'. It is said that the skink is the spear of spirit 'Mwatiktik'. If a man tries to kill it, but the skink flees, the man should tell the skink the following words so he does not get a sick caused by the skink. "Tanekuwén masenian napuk wi, tanameni napuk awas." - "You must not sing the new song, you must sing the old one."

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